Going into the sixth inning, the Tigers trailed by 2 (3-5) as they hosted their region opener against Camden County Tuesday afternoon. By the end of the 7th inning, however the Wildcats were up by 4 to win 8-4.
An early home run by Tiger Josh Rivers started a rally, giving the Tigers 3 runs going into the fifth. The Wildcats loaded the plates and had an opportunity to add more runs, but a solid throw to Josh Driggers allowed him to tag the runner at home for the third out.
Tiger Stephen Dill started on the mound. According to the coaching staff, walks and errors allowed the Wildcats’ runs. Ulrick John took the mound for one batter and DeAnte Day finished the game.
The Wildcats waited for an opportunity and scored 3 in the sixth inning. The bases were loaded with only 1 out, but Tiger Alton Malpass ended the rally, snagging a hit and converting a double play.
Feeding off the momentum DeAnte Day added a run with a solo homer in the bottom of the 6th inning.
But the Wildcats defense held to take the win. The Tigers are now 0-6 and 0-1 in the region.
"We have to play all three phases of the game, hitting, defense and pitching," Tiger coach Rhett Hellgren said. "When you play two of the three, you will struggle."
The coach said his squad needs a win to get out of their rut.
"We also need our seniors to play up to their ability," he said. "I keep telling the guys that we are a good team. It just does not show in the win loss column."
The Tigers play Windsor Forest today at 4 p.m. Tomorrow they host Long County for a double-header starting at 11 a.m. There will be a fish fry during Saturday’s games.